Science, Values and The Public

Spring Colloquium I February 9-10, 2018 I University of Michigan Philosophy



The Science, Values and the Public colloquium and workshop aims to encourage discussion of the relationship between science and the lay public, and the normative values that bear on this relationship. The particular research topics of interest that the group would like to pursue to better understand this relationship include, but are not limited to, the following:

(i) What values do and/or should underlie the operation of science in a democratic society?

(ii) What shape does the public understanding of science take in the contemporary U.S. and how does this differ across social contexts in the country, and as compared to other countries?

(iii) How is science invoked in debates about public policy and how should it be?

(iv) How is the public understanding and opinion of science measured, and how does it affect both public policy and the operation of scientific research? 

(v) How might public and scientific institutions be designed so as to incorporate the input of those affected by them, especially those who are most marginalized?